Slipstones

Climbs 256 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 300m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
Originally included in the North of England Guide (by Stew Wilson and Ron Kenyon) based on details in October 1964 Climber magazine - because YMC did not think it was worth including in the grit guide (back in prehistoric times)

Then in YMC grit guide and second edition of North of England guide and also in North East England selective guide. New NE England guide coming out sometime soon.

As a crag it was a bit small in stature but as a bouldering venue it is brilliant - as its recent prominence has shown. It was amazing who had climbed there even before the current publicity - even saw the great John Allen there one day.

Approach notes
Due to the new popularity of the crag important to follow access details and park responsibly. Road up valley is narrow but look for the parking and a few hundred yards walking (if necessary) shouldn't do any harm - and will help the access situation.


Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering (2008), Northern England (2008), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering (2001), Yorkshire Gritstone (1999),
Out of print: North East England (2003), Yorkshire Gritstone (1990)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 BUTTRESS 1 - FAR LEFT BUTTRESS  
2ExtremitiesE1 5c 59
3Paul's Arete Left SideE1 6a *13
4Paul's Arete Right Handf5 5b ***125
5Steve's WallE1 5b **108
6Heather CrackD 113
7Heather Wallf4 11
8Heather Wall Right Handf2+ 24
 BUTTRESS 2 - ESCALATOR WALL  
10Roofed CornerD 125
11Little Aretef4 13
12Little CornerD 105
13Fingercrack cornerVD *14
14Overhanging CrackVD 170
15Undercut Double CrackHS 4b *178
16Ginger BadgerHVS 5b 23
17Not So Tight ChimneyHVD *150
18Breakwind AreteHVS 5c 52
19Space TruckinE1 5b *60
20EscalatorHVS 5b **155
21DiminuendoHVS 5c *10
22Mantelshelf CrackVD 193
23Rouges GalleryVS 5a 5
24StaircaseM *165
25Mantelshelf WallVS 4c 90
26Cold WallVS 4c 56
27Hole in the WallHS 4b 71
 BUTTRESS 3 - BELDIN BLOCK  
29Left Edgef2+ d 77
30Inside LeftS 4a 50
31Old CornerVD 118
32Petch's GrooveS 4a 159
33Groove EliminateHS 4b 52
34Twenty Foot CrackVD 229
35North WallHVS 5b 49
36OffspringHVS 5c 13
37Tranmire AreteS 4a **292
38Tranmire CrackVS 4c 100
39Jenny Binks WallVS 5a *69
40TwixtHVS 5a 8
41Easy PickingsVS 4c **85
42The HandrailHVS 5a 3
43West face eliminateE2 6a 4
44Low Level Traversef6B+ 6b **1
45Beldin DirectHVS 5b *18
46Beldin VariationE1 5b *12
47BeldinHVS 5b ***55
48Original RouteHVS 5a ***93
49gollinglithE2 5c *59
50TachyonE2 5c **9
51ZoomHVS 5c ***92
52AtomicE3 6b *35
53Atomic Right-HandE3 6b *1
54Barnley CrackS 4a *131
55Barnley WallHS 4b *97
56Ulfers CrackVD *101
 BUTTRESS 4 - WISE CRACK  
58Forever OnwardE1 5b 20
59Timeless DivideE2 6a 21
60Timeless Divide Startf6A+ 6a 19
61Timeless Divide - Right Handf6C 6c **21
62Agretef6B hvs 5c 21
63Agra Directf5+ 5c *26
64AgraHVS 5b ***88
65Agra Right HandHVS 5b 6
66Agra Variation (Whimps Finish)VS 4b 19
67Narrow MarginE2 6a 1
68WisecrackE1 6a ***30
69Wisecrack Direct Startf6C 6a *12
70Wisecrack Superdirectf7B 21
71Alan's AreteVS 4c 34
72Mark Turner's RockoverVS 5a 15
73Shine OnVD 151
74Hendo's 4c RockoverV1 4c 2
75Mantel OnS 4b 137
76Groove Onf3 109
 BUTTRESS 5 - BAIT  
78Wall ClimbD 85
79Block AreteHS 4b *61
80Beta BlockerE1 5b *13
81ImpregnableE2 6a **15
82Get NervousE2 5c 1
83Chockstone OverhangHS 4b 30
 BUTTRESS 6 - SQUAWKS  
85Self Suicidef7B+ *16
86Squawk's AreteHVS 5b *15
87Undercut Flake VariationsHS 4b *42
88Undercut FlakeHS 4b **184
89TiltHVS 5a 7
90Flakeout AreteHVS 5a *16
91Dark CleftVD 31
92Face to FaceVS 4b 6
 BUTTRESS 7 - SEVENS & EIGHTS  
94Forever YoungE2 6a 2
95Seven Up - Variation StartE3 6a 8
96Seven UpE2 5c **31
97Direct Finish (to Seven Up)E3 6a 2
98FuserS 4a 93
99Tony's TormentHVS 6a 14
100Ian's Irritationf6B+ 2
101Wedge Down CrackHS 4b 51
 BUTTRESS 8 - SEVENS & EIGHTS  
103Thingumy In ThirskE3 6a *7
104Dennis In DarloE1 5c **56
105Barren WasteE2 5c 12
106Easy GrooveD 103
107Edge RouteM 101
 BUTTRESS 9 - INCONSEQUENTIAL WALL  
109Inconsequential Traversenone 5c 7
110Little AreteVD 46
111Roofed ChimneyM 41
112Awkward FinishD 46
113Staircase MantelD 38
 BUTTRESS 10 - SOWDEN  
115Low Level TraverseHVS 5b 3
116Chris CrossE1 5c 1
117Left AreteVD 53
118Frank's WallD 23
119Scratch and GoVD 23
120Right AreteVD 60
121Problem WallHVS 5b 5
122Left WallVD *70
123Sowden left handE1 5b *15
124SowdenHVS 5a **65
125SinbadE3 6b *5
126Space plucksE3 6a *6
127ForthrightE2 5c *5
128Dixon's DilemmaVS 4c 13
129Witton WallS 4b 34
 BUTTRESS 11 - LEAN BUTTRESS  
131Half Way ChockstoneD 55
132Central Bay RouteVD 65
133PsycheHVS 5c 3
134Leany MeanyE1 5c *16
135KillerE4 6b 6
136RipperE1 6a ***82
137Ripper Right HandE3 6c 1
138UnforgivenE1 5c *1
139Emergency hatHS 5a/b 5
140The FoxHS 5b 4
 BUTTRESS 12 - MARR'S  
142Picnic WallD 77
143Cummin's RouteHVS 5b 39
144Christopher RobinVS 4b *98
145Right WallHVS 5c 35
146Marr's RouteVS 5a **72
147Da's RouteVS 5a 21
148ModeratorM 86
149Pa's RouteS 4b 104
150Gully WallS 4b 37
151Little GullyM 48
 BUTTRESS 13 - LEFT TWIN  
153Friday The Thirteenthf5+ 6a 23
154sunday 20thf6B 6b *46
155Slipwayf6B 6a 8
 BUTTRESS 13 - RIGHT TWIN  
157Siamese BridgeD 63
158Right Hand Twinf5+ 5c **125
159Leaning Wallf6C 6b *62
160Strictly Personalf6A 6a *34
161Brush Upf5 5b 2
 BUTTRESS 14 - THE DECK  
163Pothole ChimneyD 29
164Jack the LadHS 4b 58
165String VestHVS 6a 13
166Withering HeightsHVS 5c *15
167Aces High Left HandVS 4c 10
168Aces HighVS 4c **139
169Aces High Right HandS 4b 15
170TrumpsVS 4c *59
171Trumps Right HandHS 4b 56
 BUTTRESS 15 - ELLINGSTRING BUTTRESS  
173Heather WallD 85
174Itchy and ScratchyVD 103
175Pinnacle ChimneyD 136
176Two Startled SheepVS 5b 24
177Yaud WallVS 5a 115
178EllingstringVS 4c **172
179DiagonalVS 4c *168
180GymnastVS 5c 23
181FiddlesticksVS 5b 35
182GirgleVD 29
 BUTTRESS 16 - STAINTHORPE'S WALL  
184Sweet SixteenVD 38
185FearbyVS 4b 78
186Alan's WallHVS 5a **49
187Stainthorpe's WallE1 5b *90
188Stainthorps Variation StartE1 5c *34
189Only SixteenE1 5b 22
190FascionationbyE2 5c 13
 BUTTRESS 17 - HAPPY DAZE  
192Jug Handle Pull UpVD 135
193Wall CentreVS 4c *122
194Happy DazeVS 4c 90
195Double MantleshelfVD 165
196Out on BailHVS 5c 27
197Right EdgeHVS 5c *68
 BUTTRESS 18 - WORTHLESS BUTTRESS  
199Easy MantleshelfD 29
200Right ArÍteVD 16
 BUTTRESS 19 - LAY BY  
202Rock OverVS 4c 50
203Hand TraverseD *80
204Lay-By Aretef7B+ ***24
205Lay-byHVS 6a 148
206Little Baldyf6C 6c *8
207Rock On Left-handf6A 6a *52
208Rock OnHVS 5c *75
209Rock OffHVS 5b 36
210All OffHVS 5a 46
 BUTTRESS 20 - OVERHANGING ARETE  
212Ten Foot ModerateM 113
213Ten Foot Aretef4 18
214Twenty SomethingVS 4c 113
215Overhanging Aretef5+ 6a *143
216Reason and Rowanf6A+ 4
217Flaky WallHS 4b 184
218Flakey Wall TraverseV5 **20
219Left WallHVD 70
220Two ChockstonesD 97
221Right OverhangD 44
 LOWER TIER - TEA PARTY SLABS  
223Welcome WallVS 4b 252
224Stereo AndroidVS 4c 195
225Stereo Android Eliminatef6A 5c 16
226Stereo Right HandS 114
227Tommy's DilemmaVD 345
228Gypsy WhamVD 294
229Tea Party SlabVS 5a 256
230Question of BalanceVS 5c 251
231Right Edge (II)VS 5b 205
 THE SON - MIDDLE TIER - (STEPTOE & SON)  
233Son of a BitchHVS 5c 1
234Sidewinderf7A 6b 5
235Exocetf8A * 
236Stipulef7C 4
237Stipule (with jug on arete)f7A+ 7
238Curving CrackVS 4c 79
239Curving Crack Aretef5 5b 78
240Curving Crack Arete Sit Down Startf6A 76
 STEPTOE - MIDDLE TIER - (STEPTOE & SON)  
242Bert WellsHVS 5b 42
243Centre Leftf5+ 5c 63
244SteptoeHVS 6a **75
245TiptoeVS 5a ***298
246Tiptoe right-handVS 5b *11
247Bridge ChimneyD 33
248No Cheek, Dr LivingstoneVS 4b 12
249Shorty's DilemmaV3 13
 THE LEFT CHEEK - THE UPPER TIER  
251Stomach Traversenone amusin *33
252Bratt PackVS 4c 34
253Play a longHVS 5b 13
254Wild ThingVS 4b 31
255Cunning StuntsV3 5c 8
 THE RIGHT CHEEK - UPPER TIER  
257Micro Cornerf7A 6b **45
258Micro Coronaryf7B+ ** 
259Problem AreteVS 4c 76
260Slab and MantelshelfM 34
261Left Arete (II)D 68
262Goblin's EarVD 102
 BUTTRESS 22 - ALL THE TWOS  
2643.3 Metre SlabHS 4b 75
265Ten Foot SlabD 91
266Davies AreteV1 *20
267Davies Rampf6B 6a 37
268Simple Sallyf7A+ *29
269HoleshotV8 f7b+ 1
270Small DynoV3 *6
271Cypherf8B ***1
272Chockstone Pull UpD 95
 SULKY LITTLE BOYS  
274Supple Wallf6B 6b **40
275Sulky little boys left handV4 ** 
276Sulky Little Boysf7A+ ***58
277Sulky Little Boys DirectV8 ***5
278Slanting Flake -LHf5+ 5c *175
279Slanting FlakeHS 4b **357
280Everything CountsV9 6c 1
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Grades need updating to the new guide. Especially the rediculous trad graded boulder problems...
Smelly Fox - 13/Dec/14
Superb rock quality.
glaramara - 25/Oct/14
Link to useful topo http://www.yorkshiregrit.com/yg/topo/slipstones.pdf
Ian Broome - 11/Dec/11
Why are so many of the routes which are clearly boulder problems (e.g. lay-by, slanting flake etc.) still given route grades? It's not the 1980's. I understand for the borderline height ones, but not for 3m high... please could the crag mod sort this out
lukehodson - 06/Sep/10
good place but someone has broken slanted crack hs 4b and now its a little harder to do
insert - 19/Jun/08
outstanding crag, something for everyone, can be VERY windy at times. had a thoroughly enjoyable day there. a really good place to push your grade, but take a mat and some big mates!
rain dog... - 27/Sep/04
wide variety of excellent problems and routes for most ranges and nice setting what more dop you need.
jas wood - 30/Apr/04